9-Month Checkup: Healthy Kids Series

This parenting information is part of the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures" series. These fact sheets may be given out by Group Health at routine checkups.


Breast milk or formula will be your baby's main food for the first year. After one year, you may start giving baby whole cow's milk or soy milk.

You can continue to introduce solid foods as your baby becomes ready. Help by giving soft, cooked finger food, cut into small bites.

Healthy Habits



If Your Baby Is Choking

If your baby is coughing but is also breathing and crying, call your health care provider. After hours, call the Consulting Nurse Service.

If your baby is choking and cannot breathe, call 911, then do the following:

  1. Put baby face down on your arm, supporting the head and with baby's head lower than baby's body.
  2. Give up to 5 back blows with heel of hand between baby's shoulder blades.
  3. Put baby face-up on your forearm with baby's head lower than baby's body.
  4. Give up to 5 chest thrusts near center of breastbone.
  5. Lift jaw and tongue and look in mouth. If foreign body is seen, sweep it out with finger.
  6. If baby is not breathing, tilt head back and give 2 breaths.

Take a CPR training class for more information.

Suggested Resources


Suggested reading

Next well-child visit: 12 months

Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.

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Clinical review by Emily Chao, DO
Group Health
Reviewed 04/01/2013